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Address: 花蓮縣花蓮市民國路125號, Hualien City 970
Tel: +886 3 833 6147
Operating Hours: 11:00 – 20:30 (Tue – Sun)
Budget: NT60 – 130 (we spent NT250 for 2 pax; prices inclusive of free flow drinks) (Menu)
Let’s be upfront about this – I had the most enjoyable and value-for-money sashimi for my entire Taiwan trip here! According to London Gal, 欣欣麵館 is a popular spot among many bloggers and one of the hidden finds in Hualien. If you check out their Facebook page, their boss prides themselves on fresh catches everyday, and he looks suave and hunky with silky soft long hair. Alrite enough said about their handsome boss. Now to the food!
Initially, we had only ordered the cooked dishes for lunch. However, our roving eyes quickly settled on the sashimi platter consumed by our neighbouring table. As sashimi lovers, we quickly enquired about the prices of the platter. NT80 only?! Let’s just order it to our heart’s content!
At this price range, the sashimi was pretty decent and very fresh. Although they were not as thick as those at the famous Chikuwa Tei, they were more than sufficient to satisfy our craving. The salmon slices are not as thick as they seem, and are in fact longer than ‘thick’. That said, it does leave a tinge of sweet aftertaste, suggesting its freshness index. As a port city, you can definitely expect fresh and succulent sashimi slices at Hualien!
I ordered the Curry Fried Rice / 咖喱炒饭 (NT60), which is commonly seen in Hong Kong Dramas, but I have never tried it before. Fancy curry but afraid that it would be too spicy to bear? Don’t worry – the curry here is mildly flavoured to suit the needs of customers who have a low threshold for spicy food. Topped with generous ingredients common in fried rice such as fried egg, chives, onions, pork slices and sausage, this is a yummy dish for no-frills dining.
London Gal ordered the Seafood Noodle / 海鲜汤面 (NT70), which also comes with generous servings of succulent prawns, squids, clams, spring onions, pig’s liver and onion. The noodles were done al dente and very chewy. The soup had also absorbed the essence of the seafood ingredients and was sweet and not too salty. One can even taste the ocean in his mouth – not an exaggeration.
For our daily fibre intake, we ordered the Seasonal Greens, stir-fried with garlic slices. A simple dish, not too fancy but heart-warming.
If you’re still craving for more, check out the other side dishes on display at the common area. This includes deep-fried prawns, fried fish balls, yam slices, fish head, pan-fried salmon and more! If you’re thirsty, head for the drinks station as drinks are on the house too! This includes ice tea and herbal jelly water.
What more can I say? Fresh sashimi, delicious cooked dishes, more side dishes for the hungry, and free flow drinks at an extremely affordable price. This is a must-try if you’re in Hualien City!
Rating: 4.25 / 5 Yummy Sashimi
- Hualien Part I: Overview (fatsgboy.wordpress.com)
- Hualien Part II: Itinerary (Day 5) (fatsgboy.wordpress.com)